D. Marvin Jones can’t let it go

d-marvin-jonesIt’s kind of a sad story.  University of Miami law professor Donald Marvin Jones was arrested in 2007 for soliciting a prostitute.  He denied the claims, and the charges were later dropped.  The law blog AboveTheLaw had written a series of posts about the story and included his faculty photo.  Jones has filed a lawsuit against the blog, claiming that the use of the faculty photo is a copyright violation.

As TechDirt points out, there are two big problems with this:

1 — He likely doesn’t hold the copyright on the photo.
2 — Even if he does, it’s very clearly a fair use claim.

In the end, it just draws more people to the story.  I had never heard about Mr. Jones or this situation before, but now he’s bringing it all back to the forefront.

The Borings can go back to being boring

Almost a year after they sued Google for including their home in StreetView, the U.S. District Court has dismissed the lawsuit that Aaron and Christine Boring had brought against Google.

As expected, this lawsuit has done two things:

  • Shown even more people their house (which they claim has lowered the value — stop blaming it on the housing market crash).
  • Given then $0 as a result.

More details can be found on Mashable.

Barbara Bauer suing Wikipedia in order to hide information

Someone doesn’t like a literary agent by the name of Barbara Bauer.  Barbara wants to make sure we all know about it.

There was an article put up on Wikipedia that made her look quite bad, referring to her as the “dumbest of the twenty worst” agents, among other things.  The entry was deleted and replaced numerous times over the past year.

As Techdirt explains, Wikipedia is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, meaning Barabara can go after the user the posted the information, but not after Wikipedia.  But where’s the fun in that?  Barbara has decided to sue Wikipedia, thinking that this will help keep things quiet.  Oops.

I think this entry at Slack Aliss’s Dump sums it up best:

You make an ill-aimed fuss about something you want kept quiet, and what happens? Everyone hears about whatever it is you want kept quiet. Me? I’d never heard of you. Now? I’m left with the impression (rightly or wrongly) that you’re a poor literary agent with a penchant for scatter-gun litigation. Sure sounds professional to me!

Couple sues Google to keep their property “private”

It’s almost like the story that caused the “Streisand Effect” to be coined.  Google StreetView captures images of homes and businesses all over the country.  In this case, they went on a private road to get their imagery, and the owners of a house on that road are suing Google to get the images removed (oh, and $25,000).

Of course, this has quickly caused images of their house to spread everywhere.  More details can be found on the Digital Earth Blog or the Smoking Gun.

Fat College Girls

Fat College GirlsIn April of 2007, a group of girls at Framingham State College went to a lacrosse game and cheered on their team, bare-bellied. When they found out that a photo of them was going to be on the front page of the student newspaper, they stole nearly 1,000 copies of the paper to prevent people from seeing the photo.

It’s worth noting that it is a free paper, so it wasn’t technically theft. However, the girls were concerned that they looked too “fat” in the photo, so that’s why they took the paper. I have no idea which ones think they’re fat, because none look that way to me.

Of course, now there are many thousands more copies of the picture all over the internet, as you can see above.

Daniela Cicarelli

Daniela CicarelliIn September of 2006, fashion model Daniela Cicarelli was videotaped having sex in the ocean with her boyfriend, Merrill Lynch employee Tato Malzoni. The video was quickly posted on YouTube and then was quickly deleted. Despite being deleted, the video was still showing up on various websites and file sharing networks.

Later that month, the couple was granted an injunction by the Sao Paulo state supreme court against YouTube, Globo.com and IG. However, the video continued to show up on YouTube as users kept uploading it with various names.

Cicarelli sued YouTube again in December, where the Supreme Court ordered that YouTube must find a way to permnently block the video or to shut down their site until they can. Shortly after, Brasil Telecom, Telefonica and other ISPs implemented a block on the site, making YouTube inaccessible in Brazil. The decision was revised a few days later and the block was removed.

In June of 2007, a Brazilian judge told Cicarelli that since the sex took place in public, she was not entitled to privacy and therefore had acted in bad faith in trying to get the video removed. She was ordered to pay R$10,000, as well as court and legal costs, to each defendant.

Beyonce

At a show on July 24, 2007 concert in Orlando, Beyonce fell down a some stairs and tumbled to the stage. While it appeared to be quite a nasty fall, she hopped back up and continued the show.

Beyonce Falls DownAt the end of the concert, she asked her fans to please keep the video off the internet. It’s not clear if she was joking or not, but a number of the videos on YouTube were quickly replaced with “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Sony BMG”.

As of this writing, there are still about six copies of the video available on YouTube, with more showing up all the time. They’re undoubtedly appearing on other video sharing sites as well.

Here are a few to try on YouTube, but there’s no telling how long they’ll be up before YouTube pulls them down.

Joe Dail’s Stepdaughter

Joe DailThis one is quite odd. A man took his 14 year old daughter on a camping trip with his wife (the girl’s step-mother) and later the step-mother posted the pictures on her MySpace page. The pictures included photos of the 14 year old in her bikini, though none of the pictures could be considered inappropriate.

The step-father, Joe Dail, didn’t like his step-daughter’s photos being posted in a public forum like that, so he went to the news to tell the story. The result? The newscast showed all of the pictures in question, as well as showed a link to the MySpace page where they were hosted.

The story was then picked up by other sites (such as Fark) and promoted even further. As of now, the news video has been viewed almost 30,000 times by Fark users, as well as presumably thousands of times by other people.

It was obviously a slow news day for them to waste their time showing this, but it was a pretty funny newscast. At one point, they tried to scare their viewers by showing “how easy it is to steal pictures and do whatever you want with them”. The horrors!

At one point, Mr. Dail said “there could be somebody that could see these pictures and find her and do whatever that they want to do to her”. They couldn’t find her before? Or it’s harder to find her now that they’ve shown the photos all over the news?

King of Thailand

King of ThailandA YouTube user created a video of the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, in which he was portrayed as a monkey.

The Thai government decided their best course of action would be to ban all of YouTube from the country.

The result was YouTube users everywhere creating more clips bashing the king, each of which received tens of thousands of views.

Paula Abdul

Paula AbdulIn early 2007, Paula Abdul appeared on the “Good Day LA” show and seemed to be a bit tipsy. Her and Fox explained her behavior as “technical difficulties”, but many people felt otherwise.

As the buzz was beginning to die down from the incident, Fox decided to send a DMCA takedown complaint to YouTube and demand that the videos be removed. As expected, this brought renewed interest in the story and many more people watched the video.